August 10, 2009

Lost in Creativity

A couple of years ago a friend found a horoscope website that was pretty uncanny in its ability to pinpoint exactly what was going on in her life. Every now and then, when I long for a crystal ball, I log on to see what it has to say. This was one of my recent horoscopes...

Libra Weekly Horoscope

Expressing and sharing one's creative originality with others is among the most exciting and satisfying aspects of life. Observe how happy are those who do and how lost or distant are those who do not. This is basically called "giving from the heart". The giving is its own reward and the returns are a bonus. So, what is next in your creative destiny? Ask with sincerity and feeling and you will get answers.

I love how time blurs when I am lost in creating and the feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment can stay with me for hours. And unlike the satisfaction that comes after I've prepared a great meal, this doesn't taste better if shared with someone. I savour the fullness alone, and it is sweet.

Everything about this book inspired me, from the cover, to the way the pages were laid out, to Ms. Tharp's words. It's a book I will go back to again and again.

What inspires you and feeds your creativity?


Jennifer said...

I am so glad you wrote about this book. I am going to check it out.

Cheryl said...

I just peeked over at my blog and saw that you just visited me! He, he, I guess that's the blog version of running into each other on the street!

That book looks really good. I'm putting it on my Amazon list.

What feeds my creativity? Hmmm...there' are things I feel I have to create, some emotion or thought I need to process through visual or verbal means. Then there's things I just come across, like a Starbucks sketch, long stretches of creativity where I don't plan what happens and don;t mind the outcome. Both, I think, are necessary, but while the first one is far more satisfying when completed, the second is far more enjoyable during the process. Or maybe I'm learning I have to let go more in all my creative projects.